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The Forbidden Duke

(The Untouchables #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,104 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of he ...more
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Darcy Burke
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He kept his back to her. "I would imagine so after being in London. Young women such as yourself are scrutinized in a horrid fashion."
She joined him at the bookshelf. "So are forbidden dukes. It makes one conclude that London, or rather Society, is the problem."

This was a little shorter (150ish pgs) than the average romance book length and the hero's character suffered a bit because of it. His almost completely removing himself from society seemed more sad and odd than understandable. The r
This was the first time I've tried Darcy Burke and it certainly won't be the last! The Forbidden Duke is a story about two people who made youthful mistakes and have reshaped their adult lives as a result.

Nora has been living in the country for the past nine years because in her first season she was caught kissing a notorious rake who then didn't offer to marry her. She has been forced to return to society as a lady's companion because her father no longer has funds or space to care for her. The
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals, so I'll leave it at 4 stars.

The Forbidden Duke is the first book in Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series, so named because the heroes are all men whose highly elevated positions in society make them unattainable by any but ladies of the highest station and put them most definitely beyond the reach of the heroines... supposedly.

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of the later books in the series, so when this one popped up at
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This one was was not bad, but not as good as the two HR I've just read!

The story is rather overused: poor destitute, riuned heroine and a stern, conquest a devastatingly handsome Duke!

It's not bad, but I found it rather tepid... Sorry...
I enjoyed this one.
As this is my first read by this author I see myself reading more by her.
Solid historical novel!!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I'm really torn about this book. On one hand it was a nice story and the writing was good. On the other I'm not sure how much I liked it. I never had that fall in love feeling. The characters were likable, but they were missing something visceral in their reactions.

I was left wondering whether this was supposed to be a novella that was too long or a novel that ran short.

I do think the story had great potential and so did the characters. I'm glad I read it. It was a 3.5 star read for me,
Trish R.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it..

The only book Darcy Burke has on Audible and I certainly hope it’s not the last. This was such a good book. It’s about Nora, who was “ruined” nine years ago when she was caught in the embrace of Lord Haywood, and Lord Haywood was encouraged by Lord Titus St John, who became the Duke of Kendal, to act that rakishly. Titus gave up his rakish ways when his father died but never really got over the guilt he felt over Nora’s ruination. Nora became Titus’s stepmother’s companion, and that’s
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The Forbidden Duke is a regency fairytale, only without magic. After nine years 'in exile', Nora is forced to come back to London as a companion. She is very lucky because her employer has decided she should have a second chance. Lady Satterfield is a wonderful character. Fairy godmother role suits her well. And she has a stepson. A duke. Enough said.
The blurb implies that the duke was the reason Nora was ruined. It is true but not the way you'd expect.
The story is short and fun. An okay way t
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation...

Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Eminently forgettable! 2.75*
Sad as both the mcs are likable. But the story lets them down.
So, the h was ruined (by a kiss) 9-10 years ago and is now companion to his beloved stepmother. I like that she's not a retiring miss but throws 'bold' 'inquiring' and 'assessing' looks at the cold, grumpy duke. The om who 'ruined' her is back along with few catty types from all those years ago but not much drama happens.
Lots of anachronistic behavior (view spoiler)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book is truly amazing as it made me fall in love with the idea of forgiving at once 💞

I loved the idea of getting married at 28 when at 16th century 21 was considered 'old'. Both the protagonists are amazing in their own ways.

Darcy Burke is superb ❤️
Tracy Emro
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Inn Auni
Nora was plunged into a scandal in her second season. And because of that, she moved to the countryside. After nine years, she was forced to look for another home as her father went bankrupt. She was hired a companion to a Lady and there was where she met Titus, the Forbidden Duke.

So, Nora had accepted a solitude life and all she wanted was to live in a small cottage with some money to support herself. Of course being a companion was nice as she had roof over her head and food in her belly.

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I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really good story that is hard to put down.
Eleanor Lockhart had a encounter with a Rouge about 10 years ago where they were caught kissing. Nora had to leave town but now in the present day she finds that her father has lost all the money and she is pretty much homeless. Nora goes forth to find a job as a companion. Lady Satterfield hires Nora to be her companion but later Lady Satterfield likes he
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet read, with wonderful characters and great storyline. Couldn’t put it down.
Estephany Rojas
Perhaps I would've enjoyed this five years ago when I used to read everything I could put my hands on.

This book is extremely cheesy/cliché. I liked the last 10 pages.
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You know, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting to like the book this much. I've read books from this author before, and I usually like and enjoy them. However, I think I like this book the most out of her other works. I think one of the reasons why this book stands out for me is the fact that I love the main characters. The hero used to be a reckless young man who thought of no one but himself and what he wants
Diane Peterson
A nice book. I enjoyed it. The writing was not particularly inspired, the story was not unusual, There wasn't a high degree of conflict, and the characters were pleasant but not exceptional. It was, however, a cohesive story that kept my attention.

This is an honest review provided in exchange for the privilege of reading an ARC of the book.
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah! I actually finished a whole book! That's a good sign :) The story was actually shorter than I am used to, at 229 pages. I loved the characters, especially the lady that the heroine goes to be a companion for, and another of the older ladies, Mrs. Dunn. The love story was cute and fun to watch... I think there was enough mention though on why the duke was "the Forbidden Duke". That gets referred to, a lot. I was surprised at the heroines boldness with the hero when they first go at it... I ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forbidden Duke, by Darcy Burke, I found to be a lovely sweet romantic love story set during the London seasonal time. Darcy takes her readers on a romantic journey with Eleanor and Titus. Darcy focused so much of the book on these two as they come to terms with what they needed in their life and to heck with other people thought. I enjoy the simplicity of Darcy’s writing. She gives a story that’s not filled with theatrics or grandstanding.
After all this is a love story. For me as a reader I
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! I loved the characters in this book so much. I enjoyed knowing Nora’s thoughts, even when she couldn’t voice them in “proper” company. She showed strength and really tried to stay true to herself. Titus is a hot mess, but such a softie when it comes to Nora. The whole forbidden duke thing is actually quite fun. And let’s not forget the Satterfield’s! Lady Satterfield is just so caring and compassionate. Her and Titus’ relationship is really sweet. And her new husband, comes off as rea ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-novella
Sweet but short with characters a little underdeveloped as a result.
The low rating baffles me a little, as I found the book to be very enjoyable. No unnecessary drama and it's easy to read (if a bit unbelievable, especially considering the heroine's self-destructive behavior). ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: boxed-set
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After having her reputation ruined by a naive and selfish young man, Eleanor Lockhart has spent the last several years living isolated with her father. When she is left with no choice but to seek employment, she snags a job as a companion. But when she meets the son of her employer, the recluse and ‘forbidden’ Kendal, their instant attraction makes things a little difficult for the both of them.

This story had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it was rushed and left me feeling underwhelmed. B
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars. This one just didn't work for me, primarily due to issues with the story itself. The entire plot revolves around the fact that the h, Nora, was ruined 9 years prior when she was in London for the season by being caught in a "suggestive" situation with a man who didn't then marry her. The details of that night aren't ever really delved into, so I was left to assume that they were just kissing (or it sai
The first I’ve read of Darcy Burke’s historical romances, I found that my anticipation was met and exceeded on my enjoyment scale. I adored the characters of Eleanor and Titus, and Lady Satterfield was an utter gem, perfectly suited to the title of fairy godmother.

See, years ago Eleanor was a young innocent: starry eyed and full of romantic ideals and believing that everything told her was the truth. Unfortunately she was surrounded by society and their harsh judgments, and the notorious rake t
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I loved reading the Forbidden Duke!! from Darcy Burke's new series the Untouchable. The Untouchables are the Hierarchy of the Ton those whose titles make them above the rest of the Ton. They are the Dukes, Marquis and Earls!! I love anything about a Duke if it is reasonably possible and The Forbidden Duke was believable.

Ten years ago Miss Eleanor Lockhart was ruined by one kiss in a garden. The Untouchable rake Lord Haywood refuse to marry her. As she was not in the hierarchy of which he seek no
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

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